Title: The Widows Redeemer
Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth
Publisher: Madison Street Publishing (1 Dec 2012)
This book has all the elements of a classic romance, however failed to really grab my undivided attention. The beginning was somewhat slow and predictable, eventually leading to where the story really begins - after the death of Letty Burton's husband.
Though generally well written, the constant 'head-hopping' was most distracting, as this took away much of the impact of what a character was thinking or feeling.
The attention to detail was of high standard, though felt at times a bit overdone and unnecessary as it detracted from the story and tended to slow down the pace. The constant use of letters to convey story subplots was also a distraction, and there where many instances where I felt what should have been a romance story between a hero and a heroine took a backseat to everything else going on around in Letty's life.
There were sections of good dialogue and many of the secondary characters were quite amusing in their own right. I feel the book could have benefited from less omniscient narration and passive voice in order to really get me under the skin of the characters. As it stands, I believe The Widows Redeemer is a wonderful history lesson of the period with romantic elements.